Financial Support

We provide financial assistance for pediatric cancer patients. This can include help with bills, food, gas, basic essentials, medical costs, etc.

For financial assistance contact the center's social worker Courtney Hill at (518) 262-2875 or child life specialist, Angie Silipigno at (518) 262-4679.

Flow to be Healed Yoga Program

Developed by Karen Patchell, NFTBHF Board members and Registered Yoga Teacher started Flow to be Healed program on February 17, 2017. Any child being treated at The Melodies Center can participate with Karen. Fun games and simple poses empower a child to develop tools that help them move and use breath and focus to take their mind off any distractions or discomfort. Yoga improves their self-confidence and heals mind, body, and spirit. Karen’s visit vary. For more information, contact Angie Silipigno, child life specialist at 518-262-4679.

Nick's Comfort Bags

Whether in the clinic or hospital for a day or weeks, we provide teen comfort bags to pediatric cancer patients (ages 10-25). These may include fun distractions such as DVDs, books, video games or cozy socks. We also like to personalize them to each teen and work with the clinic’s Child Life Specialist to make sure the teen comfort bag is unique to each patient. Comfort bags are donated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany. Special down pillows are provided through Luke’s Legacy—a program created within the foundation in memory of an amazing teen, Luke Romano.

To request a comfort bag for a pediatric blood cancer patient, contact the center's child life specialist at (518) 262-4679 .

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